Monday, September 24, 2012

Columbia Willamette Pagan Pride Day

Well I must say I was thrilled with how the event went. All things seemed to run smoothly and we received a lot of very positive feedback. Columbia Willamette Pagan Pride day was definitely the largest event I have helped plan to date.

Due to a cancellation on our workshop list I also ended up hosting a workshop. I called it: " Tarot reading for novices."  It was my first time ever actually teaching a workshop and I enjoyed it tremendously.  I was excited to see that so many people seemed to enjoy it as well. It was a very different experience for me to be the one hosting a workshop as opposed to actively listening. I tend to think of this as part of my further growth into my community involvement. I tried to focus on teaching people to really look at the cards and read with intuition as opposed to trying to memorize the definitions in the book  I may also be teaching the workshop again at a nearby store in the next 6 months. People loved the workshops so much we will likely add 2 more shifts next year. We had some incredible people come out to teach workshops and the participants seemed to really enjoy them..

The vendors who came out were tremendous, we had so much variety and so much positive energy the spirit of the event was incredible. It was so exciting for me to meet so many people and small business owners who enjoy being such an active part of the community. Events like this really help to bring people together and remind us all how important it is to be remember how blessed we are as a community.  

In addition to amazing vendors we also had an incredible band who came out and played for us. There music was wonderful, soulful and just a pleasure to listen to. These ladies can really sing. I definitely plan on seeing more of their shows in the future. 

I would also like to sincerely thank our onsite photographer Philip who took some incredible pictures of the event for us. His contribution really helped us to showcase all the fun that was had and all the positive energy in the air.

All in all the event was a smash and I am still reeling from excitement. Now on the planning schedule is a new  Portland's Annual Winter Solstice Ball Dec 22nd. Starting October my planning skills get switched into high speed to help put together a night of fun, dancing, community and ritual. It should be incredible and I am so looking forward to it. Helping to bring these events to our community has filled me with so much happiness I have a hard time putting it into words. I feel incredibly fortunate, blessed and thankful. )O(

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Columbia Willamette Pagan Pride Day 2012

This past year I have been honored to be a planner/ coordinator for this years Columbia Willamette Pagan Pride Day.  It has been a lot of fun and has really forced me to step out of my solitary place and start mingling more with fellow pagans in my area. I realize I am very lucky in the fact that I live in a part of the country where there are a lot of us, and we don't have to be fearful about being out in the public eye. Some people I know are not quite so lucky.

In my new journey of being more a part of the Pagan community I do feel a sense of realizing what I was missing and wanting to never again be quite so distant from my fellow pagans again. It is a wonderful and beautiful community of people. I have had a lot of fun helping to plan workshops, find vendors and this year my Novices of the Old Ways West group will be in charge of hosting a children's area. As my group is one of almost all Mommies I knew they were a perfect fit for such an endeavor. I am so excited for this years event it should be wonderful.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It's been too long...

Here I am dusting off the computer and back again. So much has happened since my last post over a year ago. Let's start with the most recent. My now husband and I were married at the end of June in a beautiful wedding/ hand fasting ceremony in front of all of our family and friends. It was an amazing moment in my life.

As many of you can probably relate to non of our families are pagan, and although I have been out of the broom closet for quite some time I didn't want a ceremony that was going to completely freak people out. The ceremony was so beautiful and with a few tweaked words in the ceremony I don't think any of them actually realized that they were witnessing a hand fasting at all. All they saw was a beautiful union of two people in love, and that my friends is exactly what it was. )O(

I should have seen it coming, after all the rain and I have had a love affair since I was very young. I love to dance in the rain, walk in the rain and watch the rain fall while sipping coffee on my patio. So who here is surprised to hear that it rained the day of my wedding? At the last minute we had to move the ceremony inside because it was POURING rain outside. Right before the ceremony it stopped allowing us to walk in to the building without umbrellas. During the ceremony the sun came out and the clouds were beginning to disappear.

My present for my patience and that of my guests was this: A beautiful rainbow high in the sky.

Brightest Blessings Everyone